Celebrate the small things



Hi everyone,
Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-hosts, we can celebrate little things and big things every Friday.
Be sure to check out what everyone has to say at LexaCain.blogspot.com.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • The super moon; Did you see it? So bright and pretty
  • My book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, made the finals in a cover contest! ‘we’re so excited. I didn’t even know we made it till my friend, Virginia Wright, told me. Anyone who hasn’t voted and would like to here’s the link:
  • http://authorsdb.com/2016-cover-contest-results/20559-charlene-the-star-and-bentley-bulldog Voting lasts thru tomorrow. Huge thank you to everyone who chooses to vote.
What are you celebrating this week?
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Let’s imagine you have a big dream. You want to become a published author. But how could you find the time between your job, your children, etc. Remember, we all have obstacles that can derail us if we allow it to happen. Instead, remind yourself there is always a way. I’ve told myself that my whole life. For example, I wanted to become a champion horseback rider, even after doctors told my parents I’d never walk. But my dad wouldn’t accept that. He told me not to listen to what the doctor said. Together, we found a way to persevere. What if you’re afraid of failure? So am I. Example:When I learned to ride, most days I learned how to fall off and get up again. Did I like that? Not at all. I asked my dad,” Daddy why do I always fall off?” He responded,”That’s how you learn to stay on.” Boy, was a wishing for another way. But eventually, I managed to stay on the horse more and more often. What if I had given up? Then fears and doubts would have won. But instead, perseverance brought me many victories, both small and large. Failures can stiffen your resolve and that’s a good thing.

 What if you feel like you’re the only person on the planet who has issues like no time to write, or you’re tired after a hard day at work?  Maybe you need to take your children to a soccer game. You can jot down a few notes for your blog or your book while you’re at the game. Again, there is always a solution.
Finally, I’d say whatever you dream about, go after it. Set priorities. My parents always said, “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.” Don’t you think that’s excellent advice? Find your passion and develop it. It’s worth the effort, in my view.

copyright: 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne



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This review is from: Tails of Sweetbrier (Paperback)
A warm and moving autobiography of a girl who had a dream of riding horses. That might not seem so tough to achieve until you discover that Deanie was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Deanie convinces her parents that she will work hard to achieve that dream, and her father opens up a riding school to support that dream.

Readers follow Deanie’s journey as she learns to walk, trot and canter on her pony, Little Man. As her confidence grows, she begins to dream of loftier goals. Despite a family tragedy with a barn fire that results in the loss of her horse, Chiefie, Deanie and her family persevere and rebuild. We follow their successes and failures as well as the physical hardships that Deanie endures.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

The author teachers her young readers to reach for the stars. Work hard to achieve your dreams and use the challenges and failures that occur along the way as a ladder to climb to success. Beautifully written story written in less than one hundred pages that make it perfect for a middle grade and young adult audience. Deanie’s physical challenges and determination also provide inspiration for those with special needs and learning disabilities. The black and white illustrations draw the reader into the story and personalize the narrative enhancing its appeal. Highly recommended for readers age eight and older, especially those who love horses.

Celebrate the small things…

Hi everyone. As most of you may know, Fridays we celebrate anything we like. Special thanks to Lexa Cain and her blogging partners who host this blog.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • I reviewed Barbara Ann Mojica’s wonderful book, Little Miss History Travels to Mount Vernon. It’s a really good, educational book about George Washington’s life at his estate, Mount Vernon. The illustrations are spectacular, too. Children will adore it.
  • My sister, Holly, sent the first rough draft of an illustration for our children’s book. Everyone in our family loved it. We can’t wait till the book is done.
What are you celebrating this week?
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Celebrate the small things…

Well, everyone, another Friday is here. It’s time to celebrate big and little things. Be sure to stop by Lexacain.blogspot.com to find out what everyone is cheering about.

Here’s what we’re celebrating this week..

  • 5 new 5-star awards for my books. Special thank you to Karen Smith for writing them.
  • My author friend, Rhonda Patton, has 2 books listed on Walmart.com. Congrats to her.
  • A fun celebration with our family last weekend.
  • My sister met our tractor, Wilbur, and she was impressed with him.
What are you celebrating this week?
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Manatees rescued from golf course

Hi everyone,

I thought this story was interesting and had a happy ending so I decided to share it with you.

“Six Manatees, which included to mothers and their calves” were rescued when they floated onto a Florida golf course. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission were active in the rescue efforts after the huge mammals were displaced, due to Hurricane Hermine. There was a pond on the golf course and that’s where the manatees ended up. Happily, they were all resettled in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more on this story, check out this link:


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